Giants Get Cofield for More Defense

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The Giants reached back to their Super Bowl championship season of 2007 Thursday with the signing of defensive tackle Barry Cofield.Cofield, drafted in the fourth round (124th overall) out of Northwestern in 2006, played for Tom Coughlin until Cofield left for Washington as a free agent in 2011. In five years with the Giants, he missed only one game, in 2008, and started all but two.“He brings a veteran presence and brings a guy who’s very aware of the way we play,” Coughlin said. “He’s a guy in excellent condition and will really help us down the stretch.”Cofield, 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, is expected to bulk up the middle of a run defense that allows a 16th-ranked 110.2 yards per game. He took the roster spot vacated by the release Wednesday of safety Brandon Meriweather. But ostensibly, he will provide insurance in case current starting DT Markus Kuhn fails to recover from the knee injury he suffered Monday night in Miami.A high ankle sprain last season sidelined Cofield until Nov. 11. He played in eight games in 2014, with three starts. Washington released him Feb. 27, and Cofield had been out of the league since.New York’s overall defensive line picture was also thinned by last week’s release of third-year veteran Damontre Moore.ERNIE PALLADINO, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sala’s family reach €300k target to resume search

first_imgThe family of missing footballer Emiliano Sala have hit the required target on a fundraiser with the intention of resuming the search for the Cardiff City player.Search and recovery efforts were called off on Thursday evening , three days after the plane carrying the Argentine from former club Nantes to his new side  disappeared from radar over the English Channel .A target of €300,000 (£260k/$342k) has been met on a GoFundMe page set up to enable the family of the forward to resume a private search for him and pilot David Ibbotson. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? As of Sunday January 27, the total raised surpassed €320,000, having met the target within the two days since it was posted.The funds have gone towards two watercraft that began operations on Saturday.Efforts to find the missing plane, a PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft, were conducted for just under 72 hours before they were concluded earlier this week.Guernsey harbourmaster David Barker had described the decision to put an end to operations as difficult, but citied that he was sure no more could have been done, adding that chances of survival were likely “extremely remote”.There have been calls from several major figures both inside and outside of the football community for the search to be resumed.Barcelona star Lionel Messi and president of Argentina Mauricio Macri were among those speaking out in support of Sala’s family.Numerous players, including Adrien Rabiot, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, contributed to the GoFundMe page.Sala moved to France in 2010 to join the youth set-up at Bordeaux and has, to date, played his full professional career in the country.He joined Nantes in 2015 following stints with Orleans, Niort and Caen, and made 132 appearances for the club, scoring 48 goals.He had been in excellent form for them in Ligue 1 this season, scoring 13 goals across all competitions.Sala became Cardiff’s record signing when he was acquired by Neil Warnock’s side for £15m ($19.8m) earlier this month.He previously turned down a bid from the Chinese Super League in order to join the Premier League club.last_img read more

Psychiatrist tells Alberta trial that cook heard voices telling him to kill

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – A psychiatrist says a cook accused of murdering two people at a northern Alberta work camp had been hearing voices and thought he needed to kill everyone to make them stop.Dr. Lenka Zedkova was testifying at the trial of Daniel Goodridge.Goodridge has pleaded not guilty due to a mental disorder to charges of first-degree murder, assault with a weapon and interfering with human remains.In an agreed statement of facts, Goodridge admits to the slayings as well as to terrorizing others who woke in the middle of the night to screams at the Canada North oilfield camp near Fox Creek in June 2015.Zedkova told court that Goodridge’s mental state led him to believe his co-workers wanted to assault him.She also testified that while Goodridge could appreciate that what he was doing could leave someone dead, he did not know that what he was doing was wrong.Court has heard that Goodridge stabbed one man more than 70 times, cut off parts of his body and set him on fire.Some workers hid in their rooms while others fled into the bush as he ran around the remote property with a large knife, the agreed facts say.He also threw rocks at vehicles and set fires in some buildings.When RCMP arrived, Goodridge refused to drop the knife and lunged at an officer. Mounties fired 12 shots, wounding Goodridge.Officers then found the bodies of David Derksen, 37, from La Crete, Alta., and 50-year-old Hally Dubois of Red Deer, Alta. (CJXX, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

UN environment report has strong message for Canada coauthor

first_imgA Canadian author of a mammoth UN report on the environment says its findings on the decline of nature has an important message for Canada.Kai Chan of the University of British Columbia says the report shows Canada has to start thinking long term about the development of its resources and how that impacts everything from killer whales and caribou to clean water and flood control.He says the report is the product of three years of work by hundreds of scientists from 50 countries.It finds nature is declining more quickly than at any time in previous human history and more than a million species are threatened with extinction.Chan says the report has a strong lesson for Canada’s current fights about carbon taxes and environmental assessments.He says despite the belief that Canada has strong environmental protections, the country’s conservation performance is mediocre.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

LETTERKENNY MELANIE SCROFANO ON BEING PART OF TVS CRAZIEST COUPLE

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The TV Junkies: I’m so late to Letterkenny. I formally apologize to you and the entire team. I wrongly assumed it was not for me, and didn’t know what brilliance I was missing out on. I hope you’ll all forgive me.Melanie Scrofano: I did the same thing and the knee-jerk is that it’s for dudes and jocks. Then you realize that it’s so subversive and smart. I just love what they’ve done with it.TTVJ: How did the opportunity to be on Letterkenny come about?MS: I got called in for an audition, and I thought ‘I don’t want to audition for this.’ Advertisement If you think you’ve seen everything Melanie Scrofano is capable of as an actress after watching her star on Wynonna Earp for three seasons, well think again. When she’s not busy leading up the demon slaying on the SYFY and Space Channel supernatural western, Scrofano can be found hanging out with The Hicks over at Letterkenny. There, Scrofano plays the loving and devoted Mrs. McMurray, wife of the sometimes difficult to understand, but well meaning, McMurray (Dan Petronijevic).A hit and award-winning show in Canada, currently available for streaming on Crave, all six seasons of Letterkenny recently dropped on Hulu for U.S. viewers. Since then, Wynonna Earp fans have been able to check out the comedy, created by star Jared Keeso, and see Scrofano’s flirty and outrageous gin and tonic guzzling character.To learn more about what is behind our favorite mumbling couple, The TV Junkies recently spoke to Scrofano about her crazy character, as well as what it’s like to be a part of the Letterkennyfamily. She gave us some insights into Mrs. McMurray’s “quirks” and why she and Petronoijevic have such an easy time creating their on screen spouses. Wynonna Earp Season 4 will air later in 2019 on both SYFY and Space. Twitterlast_img read more

Top UN official in Côte dIvoire meets former president Laurent Gbagbo

4 July 2011The senior United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire met today with the country’s former president Laurent Gbagbo, who has been held under house arrest since April, stressing that the UN would play its part to ensure he receives appropriate protection. Y. J. Choi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN peacekeeping force (UNOCI), met Mr. Gbagbo in Korhogo, a town in the north of Côte d’Ivoire, according to a press release issued by the mission.Mr. Gbagbo has been under house arrest since he was captured on 11 April, ending months of violence in the wake of his refusal to step down after he lost the UN-certified presidential run-off election in November last year to Alassane Ouattara, now the country’s President.Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have requested authorization to open an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed following the election.During today’s meeting, the second since Mr. Gbagbo surrendered, Mr. Choi reiterated UNOCI’s availability to provide security for Mr. Gbagbo, as it did in the immediate aftermath of his arrest.“In Abidjan or anywhere else in Cote d’Ivoire, there will always be UNOCI peacekeepers contributing to his protection,” he said. “UNOCI will do everything to ensure that he is treated with dignity.”Cote read more

Ban calls on G20 countries to lead sustainable and jobsrich economic recovery

“We come together at a critical moment,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the 2011 Labour Summit (L20). “Dark clouds have gathered once again over the global economy. Some may speak of ‘recovery.’ Too few actually feel it.”“On the contrary, all too many people cannot even see the light at the end of a long, long tunnel,” the Secretary-General told the gathering, held on the margins of the summit of the Group of 20 (G-20) major economies that began today.He noted that unemployment is rising almost everywhere, and more and more young people have no jobs and few prospects of finding one. In addition, economic inequalities are widening and poverty is growing.“That’s why people are marching. They are anxious, angry and indignant,” he stated. “At heart, this is a call for human dignity – the dignity and respect that comes from decent work.”He stressed that the two-day summit of the G-20 must be about more than “financial fire-fighting.”“It is must be about global economic recovery – growth that is sustainable and inclusive. It must bring real recovery in the real economy.”The time has come, he stated, to write “a new social contract for the 21st century” – one that includes a global jobs pact.“We need a job-rich recovery. Policy-makers must make employment a priority, not an afterthought. The new social contract must also include a social protection floor with stronger safeguards for the poorest and most vulnerable.”He noted that in recent decades, labour’s share of income has fallen, and the gap between those who work hard and those who reap the greatest rewards continues to grow.“To get out of this mess, we need a revolution in our thinking,” the Secretary-General told world leaders, highlighting the sorts of investments that make the most sense for the most people.The first priority, he said, is to invest in sustainable development. “Economic recovery and sustainable development are one and the same fight,” he stated.“Sustainable energy fuels jobs – jobs that recharge economies, jobs to build infrastructure, above all, jobs to protect the planet and the poorest.“We cannot burn our way to the future. We cannot consume our way to greater prosperity. Economic recovery and sustainable development must go hand-in-hand. Growth and development must be sustainable.”He also highlighted the need to invest in women and youth, who together make up more than two thirds of the global population, as well as in the most vulnerable.Mr. Ban also noted that over the last century, the trade union movement led the way to a fairer and more just world.“You helped create our modern era of prosperity. In the process, you did much more than simply benefit your own members. You lifted millions out of poverty into a better life. You proved that the better more of us do, the better all of us do,” he said.“At this time of crisis and confusion, discord and division, inequality and injustice – we are all called to moral battle once again.”While at the summit, Mr. Ban will also take part in a number of G-20 working sessions, including on the global economic situation and on development and trade, as well as hold bilateral talks with leaders on the margins of the forum. He met earlier today with the President of the Republic of Korea, Lee Myung-bak, and later with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Mr. Ban also conferred with José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, and Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, with their discussions focusing on innovative sources of development and climate change financing.The Secretary-General expressed his hope that the EU would play a strong leadership role in the run up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and at the meeting itself in Brazil in June next year.Mr. Ban, Mr. Barroso and Mr. Van Rompuy also exchanged views on the situation in Syria, as well as on the Middle East peace process and the Palestinian UN membership issue. They also touched on progress in the UN-facilitated talks aimed unifying Cyprus. 3 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on leaders of the world’s biggest economies meeting in Cannes to ensure a global recovery that is sustainable, inclusive and creates real change for those hit hardest. read more

Locust threat in West Africa remains extremely serious UN agency warns

Despite control measures, large numbers of locust swarms in West Africa have caused severe damage to the region’s harvest, while new groups are likely headed towards the continent’s northwest, according to the latest update from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).During September the swarms that formed in Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso also reached parts of Western Sahara, Cape Verde, Mali, Niger and Libya.The movement now towards northwest Africa threatens to cause damage on a larger scale than occurred in February, FAO said.The agency said it has $14.7 million in cash, and another $40 million pledged, towards the $100 million needed for programmes. read more

Impeding aid to besieged refugee camp in Syria may amount to war

More than 160,000 Palestinian refugees lived in Yarmouk, a suburb just south of Damascus, until December 2012, when the vast majority fled after armed opposition groups entered the camp and Government forces attacked. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has been unable to deliver any assistance since September last year, with the exception of polio vaccines in December, to the camp, where some 18,000 people remain. An attempt to deliver aid just this week was thwarted when a UN convoy was prevented from entering Yarmouk.“Over the past four months numerous attempts by the UN and other organizations to bring convoys of food and medical aid to malnourished children, women and elderly people close to starvation in Yarmouk, have been thwarted, and very little aid was getting through during the nine months prior to that,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.“Civilians, including many women and children, are caught in a quagmire between besieging Syrian Government forces and affiliated militias surrounding the Yarmouk camp, as well as anti-Government armed groups operating inside,” she stated. A news release issued by the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR) said there have been reports of a number of deaths from starvation, as well as from the consumption of rotten food, and because of the chronic shortage of medical supplies and expertise for sick and injured people and pregnant women trapped in the camp. The situation is compounded by the lack of electricity and severe shortage of water. Civilians also continue to be killed by ongoing fighting and sporadic aerial attacks. “The extent of malnutrition, and the numbers who have died directly or indirectly because of it, are not known for sure,” Ms. Pillay said. “But it is crystal clear that the situation in Yarmouk is now extremely desperate, and that civilians are dying as a result. Government forces and affiliated militias appear to be imposing collective punishment on the civilians in Yarmouk.” Ms. Pillay pointed out that international law requires the parties to the conflict to permit free passage of all consignments of essential foodstuffs and clothing intended for children under 15, expectant mothers and maternity cases and to allow the free passage of all consignments of medical and hospital supplies. “Intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance is a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,” she said. “Customary international law also requires parties to a conflict to avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas,” she added. “All parties to the conflict must urgently facilitate unimpeded access to humanitarian relief to the civilians trapped in Yarmouk, before more children die,” the High Commissioner stressed. “In addition, immediate action needs to be taken to ensure safe passage for all those civilians wishing to leave.” The two main routes for humanitarian relief to enter into the Yarmouk camp can only be reached through a succession of checkpoints that strictly control entry and exit, preventing residents from accessing basic necessities, including food and medicine.Ms. Pillay highlighted that starvation of civilians as a method of combat is prohibited under international law and may amount to a war crime. She stressed that objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation works, are protected under international law. Attacking, destroying, removing or rendering useless such objects are prohibited. read more

As dry season ends in Haiti significant gains seen in fight against

Significant gains in the fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti have been recorded as the dry season ends and the United Nations continues to support the Government’s comprehensive strategy of monitoring, rapid response and planning for long-term solutions, a top UN official in the impoverished country says. “Since the beginning of the dry season, we have seen registered the lowest number of cases and deaths since the start of the epidemic, with a reduction of 75 per cent of cases in the first trimester of this year against the same period last year,” Peter de Clercq, the Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General in Haiti, told the UN News Centre. “That is very good news and reflects our efforts so far are working,” he said. “Of course, every case of cholera is one too many. Every person that dies of cholera is one too many and is unacceptable and will cause us to work even harder to combat the disease,” he added.Because the disease retracts to limited locations during the dry season, according to the UN Country Team, it presents a window of opportunity for the UN and its partners to target the highest risk areas with surveillance, analysis and rapid response for treatment and sanitation actions; work that continues throughout the year across wider sites of concern. “Interventions are based on identifying where cholera occurs; then very rapid intervention teams go in and deploy a number of different measures including identifying, isolating and a whole range of water and sanitation-related activities that improve the environment and reduce the risk of the disease spreading,” Mr. de Clercq said. An important endeavour has been differentiating cholera cases from acute diarrhoea, which has been widespread in Haiti for many years due to the lack of sanitation infrastructure. In fact, 80 per cent of suspected cases tested in February and March 2014 in sample areas turned out not to be cholera but acute diarrhoea. The analysis brings a sharper focus to health and sanitation efforts. Mr. de Clercq cautioned that great challenges remain in the effort to completely eliminate cholera in what he called Haiti’s “fragile environment,” wherein the little infrastructure that existed was further degraded by a series of natural disasters – most tragically, the 2010 earthquake that killed over 200,000 people.“Every year, we have to deal with new challenges; fortunately last year we did not have major hurricanes, but we cannot be lucky every year,” he said, stressing that only when a plan for country-wide sanitation, clean water and an integrated health system is funded and put in place would the danger be minimized.Thirty per cent of Haitians have no access to clean drinking water and only 26 per cent have access to improved latrines, he said. In addition, the UN Country Team estimates that 47 per cent of Haitians have no access to health services. However, Mr. de Clercq said, cholera can still be totally eliminated from the country, since the disease has not become endemic, or anchored in the environment. “It is still a transmission from person to person, or from temporary contamination of water points.”Since the beginning of the epidemic in October 2010, the UN has initiated a system-wide effort to support the Government of Haiti to fight the disease. In December 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched an initiative for the elimination of cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic that focuses on prevention, treatment and education, as well as infrastructure planning for the long-term. That effort, Mr. de Clercq said, has engaged the entire UN system, including, among others, the UN Stabilization Mission, known as MINUSTAH, the UN health agency, WHO, the Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Development Fund (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP). He added that non-governmental organizations have been very supportive of the rapid intervention approach and other elements of the strategy. “It’s really an integrated approach within the UN and between the UN and other actors to support the national authorities,” he said.Asked why the extensive measures so far have not stopped the disease, he commented, “I’m afraid there is no silver bullet for cholera. From the outside, it looks very doable, but in reality, when you’re here on the ground with the type of resources we have and the international attention time-span, it isn’t easy to address all the huge issues the country has to make progress on,” most of which, he stressed, increase Haiti’s vulnerability to cholera.The UN Secretary-General’s Senior Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti, Pedro Medrano, continues to contact donors to obtain the resources needed to eradicate cholera in the country through universal water, sanitation and hygiene coverage, by means of a national plan launched in 2013, for which the Government is appealing for $2.2 billion for the next 10 years. To support the most urgent activities outlined in the Government’s plan, the UN is appealing for $70 million for the next two years to continue the short-term strategy of containing transmission of cholera, of which $34 million has been mobilized so far. read more

Deadline for submissions on Eirgrids Gridlink project closes tomorrow

first_imgEIRGRID’S DEADLINE FOR for public submissions on the Gridlink project expires tomorrow, however the construction of huge electricity pylons across the country are coming under increased criticism by opposition groups.It has been argued that the pylons – to be built as part of three projects  – are needed to service the grid and for the creation of jobs and infrastructure.The Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton weighed in on the debate, by telling The Irish Times that the Gridlink development, which will stretch from Cork to Wexford, is crucial to regional job creation.Controversy The controversial project would see the construction of hundreds of kilometres of overhead power lines suspended by pylons throughout the south-east. At a number of recent public meetings across the country has resulted in Eirgrid coming in for criticism over its public consultation approach.Those living in affected areas have voiced their concern about potential impacts on the environment, their health and property prices, with demonstrations against the building of pylons now gaining force and protest groups established all over the country.Despite the wind and rain, a march against pylons took place at Vinegar Hill in Wexford yesterday, in what organisers said would be the first of many in their campaign(Wexford Eirgrid Action Group Facebook Page)In response to the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte stating there has to be a “trade off between the comforts of modern civilization and some element of intrusion” the group said that it is an intrusion on their health, history, culture, tourism, environment and livelihoods that is making them stand up against the development.SubmissionsMinister Rabbitte is expected to meet with the board and senior management of Eirgrid later this week to discuss submissions made. The minister has previously said that he would like to see “Eirgrid do everything it reasonably can to secure community acceptance”.Eirgrid plans to re-submit a planning application to An Bord Pleanála in early 2014 to erect over 400 pylons across Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone. Poll: Are you concerned about plans to build more electricity pylons?>Read: ‘They were whipped into line’: Committee backs appointment of Eirgrid chairman>last_img read more

Police deploy in French schools after mass killing threat

first_imgPOLICE HAVE  BEEN deployed across high schools in the eastern French region of Strasbourg following internet threats by a young man to stage mass killings and shoot himself, a day after a gruesome suicide at a Paris primary school.The police also released photographs of the suspect, taken at an Internet cafe from where he posted his threat.“I live in a certain town where there is a certain high school and on Friday I will leave my mark in history,” the message said. “The lives of many, including mine, will end on this day.” My uncle has a hunting rifle and I have ‘borrowed’ his semi-automatic. I know how to use it and use it I will, believe me.Officials said 59 high schools in the Strasbourg region had been placed on alert with 750 police officers deployed.On Thursday, a 50-year-old man with a history of family problems shot himself dead with a sawed-off shotgun in a Paris primary school near the Eiffel Tower, in front of about a dozen stunned children.Police sources said the man, whose face was partly blown off, had apparently been depressed after separating from his wife in 2009. He had been a longtime resident of the neighbourhood and lived very close to the school.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Keynote Apple de janvier on en sait un peu plus

first_imgKeynote Apple de janvier : on en sait un peu plus… Cette semaine, Apple va faire une annonce centrée sur iBook et le Kiosque à magazines. Certains prévoient de nouveaux outils pour créer plus facilement des ebooks plus interactifs. Apple a envoyé la semaine dernière des invitations aux médias, leur suggérant de venir pour ce qui serait « une annonce concernant le monde de l’éducation ». On savait déjà qu’une Keynote centrée sur iBook était prévue, et à présent des sources ont également révélé à Ars Technica qu’Apple dévoilerait de nouveaux outils. Ceux-ci aideraient à la création d’ebooks interactifs. Leurs plates-formes de distribution, iBook et le kiosque, serait également élargie. À lire aussiSurface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air : Microsoft attaque Apple, mais qui est le meilleur ?Ce projet tenait à cœur à Steve Jobs. Dans la biographie de celui-ci, Walter Isaacson écrit que Jobs « avait jeté son dévolu sur les manuels scolaires (lien non disponible) ». Il pensait que ce secteur, qui pèse 8 millions de dollars, était mûr pour une révolution. Bientôt l’arrivée de l’iPad dans nos écoles ?Jobs s’était personnellement investi dans le projet depuis des années. L’annonce qui va être faite sous peu était en réalité prévue pour octobre 2011, en même temps que l’iPhone 4S, mais la mort du fondateur d’Apple a reporté cette partie de l’annonce.  Cette Keynote est organisée au musée Solomon R. Guggenheim, à New York. La ville est d’ailleurs surnommée « the Big Apple » dans le communiqué de presse d’Apple…Les éditeurs d’ebooks réclament à cor et à cri ces nouveaux outils depuis quelque temps déjà. Si cette Keynote ne devait donc pas avoir de conséquences immédiates pour les fans, elle pourrait bien marquer un tournant pour les professionnels de l’édition numérique. Le 17 janvier 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Governors: Sessions should back off pot

first_imgJUNEAU, Alaska — Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more hands-off enforcement approach to states that have legalized the drug still banned at the federal level.It comes after Sessions sent responses recently to the governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, who asked him to allow the pot experiments to continue in the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana. Sessions detailed concerns he had with how effective state regulatory efforts have been or will be.Washington state also responded to Sessions this week. Gov. Jay Inslee said the attorney general made claims about the situation in Washington that are “outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.”“If we can engage in a more direct dialogue, we might avoid this sort of miscommunication and make progress on the issues that are important to both of us,” Inslee and that state’s attorney general wrote to Sessions.last_img read more

Indian batsmen have run more than distance between Mumbai to Nagpur Virat

first_imgIndian team are among the fittest in world cricketTwitterMaintaining prime fitness is one of the inviolable tenets of the current Indian team. The captain Virat Kohli leads the way by being a role model in this department. It’s not surprising therefore, that the Indian team is ahead of competition when it comes to distance being covered while batting.Myprotein, a sports nutrition brand, did an interesting research on the participating teams of the World Cup. They analysed the players and teams on a variety of indicators related to their physical condition.Results of surveyApart from measuring the height and speed of the players, they also checked the amount of distance covered by them while scoring runs. What Myprotein research found out is rather interesting. Amongst all the teams, India leads the way in terms of miles run while putting runs on the board. The batsmen from Men in Blue, who are in the World Cup squad, have run a total of 521 miles while scoring runs in ODIs. That is more than the distance between Mumbai and Nagpur!The difference between them and the second place team – England – is vast. The hosts of the World Cup have covered only 362 miles. This means two things: One, that this group of Indians have been scoring a lot of runs and two, many of them have come through singles, twos and threes. West Indies still stand taller than others in cricket, at least literallyJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images.Here also, the man leading the way is Kohli. At the time of the survey, he had 10,843 runs in ODIs and, if we were to take 9 miles/per hour as his average speed, had spent the equivalent of 15 hours in running for these runs. The distance he has travelled comes approximately to 218 km, more than the distance between Delhi and Agra.What is most interesting is that India are on the top of another list, one which is not all that complimentary. They are the shortest team in the tournament in terms of average height. Taken together, the average height of players is 1.74 metres. Not surprisingly, the tallest men in the World Cup are from West Indies – 1.84 metres. Their captain, Jason Holder, is the tallest – 2.01 metres while Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim is the shortest – 1.60 metres.Another interesting fact that reveals the amazing nature of cricket is the speed of the ball delivered by pacers. When the ball is delivered at a speed in the range of 85-90 kilometres, it travels across the length of the pitch in just 0.23 seconds, that’s more than the speed of Cheetah. Even spinners, bowling in the range of 45-60 miles/per hour, take just 0.4 seconds to make the ball travel the entire length of the pitch. To put it simply, batting ain’t easy.last_img read more

Seattle pips San Francisco as best city for tech employees reveals study

first_imgEmployees work at the offices of Twitch Interactive Inc, a social video platform and gaming community owned by Amazon, in San Francisco, California, U.S., March 6, 2017.Reuters fileIf you are an aspiring tech employee in the US with a desire to earn well and save enough, Seattle is the best, not San Francisco, reveals a joint study by Pyasa, MIT and Zillow. Based on combined score for earnings potential and cost of living, Seattle scores above the Bay Area.Along with San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, Boston, Denver, Atlanta and New York offer high salaries but differ from each other over cost of living.  “We weren’t surprised to see that where the average tech salary is highest, the cost of living also tends on the high side,” Chris Bolte, CEO of Paysa, said in a statement on Wednesday.”What jumped out at us, however, is that even though you can earn more in the San Francisco Bay Area than other places, with such a high cost-of-living, it’s extremely difficult to get by on a 6+ figure salary,” Bolte added.But some of them offer a win-win proposition for tech employees, the study found out. For instance, Seattle, Denver and Atlanta not only offer high earning potential but also low cost of living, said a statement issued by Pyasa.”…it makes sense that companies and employees are looking beyond Silicon Valley and taking advantage of new campuses in different cities across the US,” Bolte said.San Francisco Bay Area offers a tough bargain At an average salary of $144,390, San Francisco Bay Area may sound attractive but it scores low when juxtaposed with cost of living; “it’s at nearly $90,000 a year,” the study said. “San Francisco has always been an expensive place to call home. According to numbeo.com, the average monthly rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s city center is $6,569.70,” Pyasa said.The study showed that about 61 percent of an employee’s annual salary is spent on living expenses in San Francisco, leaving little scope for savings or other indulgences. Seattle is the best Seattle offers a good bargain for techies — an average yearly compensation of $139,299 and cost of living pegged at 41.3 percent, leaving around $81,770, or about 58.7 percent, for other expenses.Citing hiring data, Paysa said that 52 percent of all the tech jobs in 2016 were offered by Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Oracle, and T-Mobile.Atlanta, Austin and Denver fare below Seattle, given their overall value, based on a combination of salaries and cost of living.Here are the infographics that capture the big picture (courtesy: Paysa): Paysa Paysa Paysalast_img read more

WATCH Drunk BJP MLA dances to Karan Arjuns tunes while playing with

first_imgA Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Haridwar in Uttarakhand has landed himself in hot water after a video of him brandishing pistols while dancing to songs from Bollywood movie Karan Arjun went viral on social media.BJP has said that they have launched a probe and will look into the incident.MLA Pranav Champion was seen dancing in the video with a pistol in each hand and at one point, he even had one in his mouth. In addition to this, Champion was also drinking alcohol from a glass kept on a table near him. BJP MLA Pranav Champion who was recently suspended from the party for threatening a journalist, seen in a viral video brandishing guns. Police says, “will look into the matter and also verify if the weapons are licensed or not.” (Note: Abusive language) pic.twitter.com/AbsApoYR2g— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2019 While Champion was dancing, other men around him were taking photos and one man was even handing him the pistols.The men in the video used abusive language and kept encouraging Champion. They were heard saying that he was the bravest and no one in Uttarakhand has the courage to do such a thing. Champion then replied saying, “Not only in Uttarakhand, but nobody could do something like this across India.”Champion has already been under fire by the BJP for threatening a journalist and was suspended for the same reason.According to a party spokesperson, officials are not happy with his behaviour and things have just gotten worse for him after the video surfaced online.”I’ve seen that video. I condemn it. These kinds of complaints came against Pranav Singh Champion earlier as well, that’s why he was suspended for 3 months. We’ll talk to Uttarakhand unit about it. Strict action will be taken,” BJP national media in-charge Anil Baluni was quoted as saying by Republic.last_img read more

Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 8 Jack vs Mad Jack

first_imgAfter 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.In the previous three episodes of Samurai Jack, we watched our hero search for a means of time travel, a way to get back to the past and defeat his nemesis Aku. In “Jack vs. Mad Jack,” however, we find the samurai not trying to defeat Aku, but rather, to simply survive. But the eighth episode of Samurai Jack is much more than mere fighting – though there is certainly a bunch of that – as it, like all the series’ best episodes, manages to impart some crucial information about its stoic, taciturn protagonist.The episode kicks off with a not unfamiliar scenario: Jack serenely enters a seedy tavern, and despite his generally peaceful demeanor, is almost immediately sucked into a massive brawl. Unlike previous episodes, which find Jack trying to obtain or reach some item of massive power, here the samurai simply wants to sip on his hot water in peace, but is interrupted by a procession of bullies, monsters, and bounty hunters.As per usual, the character designs are on-point and sometimes hilarious. They include a round Chewbacca stand-in, a screeching robo-babboon, a crusty fish-man, a few giant centipedes, a Russian bear and, my personal favorite, a safari cat riding an elephant. It feels like a procession of characters that had been sitting around without an actual story to surround them, and it makes for some fun action, the type of well-choreographed, intense, kinetic fight scenes at which the series always excels. But things get really interesting with Jack’s next opponent: Himself.Or, rather, a version of himself. Recognizing that Jack’s particular fighting style is unimpeachable, Aku decided to make use of one of my all-time favorite tropes: The evil twin. Spawned from Jack’s hatred – dredged up by the endless stream of bounty hunters he is forced to dispatch – Mad Jack features a scowl, orange whites of his eyes and, of course, a black kimono. The fight between the two is as fast-paced and mesmerizing as you would expect, but what’s really interesting is how the two warriors’ appearances shift.Early on, Mad Jack’s topknot is cut off by Jack, which leads to the evil twin sporting a big, black, unruly mane of hair which is reminiscent of, you guessed it, the wild, spiky, unpredictable shapeshifter, Aku. This is a fun visual nod to the evil that spawned Mad Jack, but the really significant part comes next, when Jack’s own topknot is cut loose and he too begins to sport an Aku-esque head of hair.It’s a visual representation of the simmering rage and anger building up inside of our normally reserved hero, the same hatred that Aku used to create Mad Jack. As the two fight, clashing together again and again, they give off sparks, igniting the forest in which they are doing battle. As Jack gives in more and more to the hate within him, as he begins to resemble Mad Jack more and more, as the two, draped in flame and shadow, begin to become indistinguishable, their struggle literally burns down the world around them.And that leads into what is the most crucial moment of the entire episode: Jack’s realization that he is becoming the worst part of himself, that he is allowing Aku’s relentless attacks, his ruthless torment, to break him, to accomplish exactly that which his nemesis desires. It’s the kind of smart genre storytelling that the show does so well, using a well-worn trope like an evil twin to not just provide a new threat for the protagonist, but to actually teach us something crucial about him.Up until this point, Jack has been, to our eyes, unflappable. Yes, we’ve seen him get angry at Aku, but it’s always been a type of controlled, righteous anger, a justified hate fueled by his desire to right wrongs and defend the defenseless. But in “Jack vs. Mad Jack,” we learn that there is another side to our hero, that he, like everyone, contains a darkness within him, a seething frustration that grows when things don’t go his way, when he is repeatedly denied that which he desires and deserves.That Jack isn’t infallible doesn’t make him any less of a hero though. In fact, the knowledge that he struggles with hatred and anger only makes him more relatable, more of a fleshed out character as opposed to a caricature. This is a crucial episode of the series, as it shows that Jack doesn’t just aim to vanquish the evil of Aku, but that he must also fight against the evil contained within him, being careful not to allow his hatred of Aku to overwhelm and overtake the good that he would see done in the world, as to do so would set the entire world ablaze.Join us next time as we discuss episode nine of Samurai Jack’s first season, “Jack Under the Sea.” Watch along with us on Hulu!Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information!last_img read more

Over 200 BJP workers switch over to Trinamool in S Dinajpur

first_imgBalurghat: Ahead of the rural polls in Bengal, district general secretary of BJP’s South Dinajpur unit Uttam Dutta, along with 200 of his followers, joined Trinamool Congress. They attended a programme at Tapan School on Tuesday evening, where the chairman of Gangarampur civic body and Trinamool leader Prasanta Mitra handed over the Trinamool flag to Dutta and his followers. Dutta was the former secretary of BJP’s state committee’s farmers cell (Kishan Morcha). “I was in the wrong party, which stressed division and polarisation of people instead of development. I have joined Trinamool Congress as it is a party that works for development, beyond the lines of religion. Also, Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee always backs farmers for their overall development, which has also inspired me to shift,” he said. Dutta had distanced himself from the party’s activities for the past six months and did not attend meetings of the cell. A rumour broke out some days ago that Dutta is likely to join the ruling party. He had also expressed his desire to join Trinamool then. Dutta, who worked for the development of local farmers in Tapan block, is very popular in the region. Some other workers from different political parties including BJP, Congress and Left Front might join Trinamool soon.last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With Palmer on board, Stanton will slide into the role of backup quarterback, which is not a bad gig if you can get it. After all, in that role one is often times the most popular player on the team amongst fans.But where does the 29-year-old Stanton rank as far as backup signal callers go? According to NFL.com’s Marc Sessler, 18th.Called a “game manager,” Stanton tops a group that also includes Brady Quinn, Bruce Gradkowski and David Carr. An uninspiring mix, but Stanton was poised to start for Arizona before Carson Palmer swooped in. Quinn has yet to prove he can guide a team out of dark corners, and Carr, at 33, is entering the swansong of his uneven-at-best career. Before there was Carson Palmer, there was Drew Stanton.Signed by the Arizona Cardinals after a stint with the Indianapolis Colts, the backup signal caller was in line to be his new team’s starting quarterback. “We’ve got a very capable one in Drew Stanton we just happened to steal away from Chuck,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told the NFL Network in March. “Drew knows the offense, he’s more than capable of doing it. Top Stories Stanton has appeared in 12 NFL games — including four starts — completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,158 yards with five touchdowns and nine interceptions.Behind him on Arizona’s depth chart figures to be second-year pro Ryan Lindley, though undrafted free agent Caleb TerBush is also on the roster. – / 36 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more